Sisi's prospective visit to Belarus to boost ties: amb.



Sun, 14 Apr 2019 - 11:34 GMT


Sun, 14 Apr 2019 - 11:34 GMT

Belarus Ambassador in Cairo Sergei Rachkov - Press Photo

Belarus Ambassador in Cairo Sergei Rachkov - Press Photo

CAIRO, April 14 (MENA) - Belarus Ambassador in Cairo Sergei Rachkov said a prospective visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to Minsk this year will be historic in pushing forward bilateral cooperation.

In an interview with MENA on Sunday, he stressed his country's keenness on promoting cooperation with Egypt.

Preparations are under way for Sisi's visit, he said, referring to intensive visits which delegations of both sides exchanged.

He noted that the number of Belarus tourists that visited Egypt over the past two years hit 212,000, almost quintuple the number in 2016.

He said Egypt is the number one destination for Belarus tourists.

He also said the Egyptian ministers of tourism, health and environment were invited to visit Belarus to cement cooperation in these domains.

The Egyptian deputy minister of military production is expected to take part in the International Defense and Military Equipment Exhibition (MILEX) which is due to be held in Minsk in May, he noted.

He added that a delegation from Minsk Region will visit South Sinai by the end of April for talks on exchanging expertise in the fields of health, therapeutic tourism and industrial cooperation.

He said the delegation will also discuss with the Egyptian side a new joint cooperation project for 2019-2021.

Meanwhile, he hailed the improvement in the Egyptian investment climate, noting that foreign businessmen have promising investment opportunities in Aswan, Menya, Sohag and New Valley.

He added that the Belarusian State Technological University will launch a training session this month in Cairo in the field of furniture manufacturing and designs.

As for trade exchange between the two countries, he said it reached dlrs 108 million, at a 10.8 percent rise in comparison with 2017. The Egyptian exports to Belarus hit dlrs 25 million, he added.

According to him, the volume of trade exchange in January and February 2019 hit dlrs 24.2 million, with the Egyptian exports standing at dlrs 9.5 million.



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